DIT’s innovative MBS in Retail Management is a unique specialist post-graduate degree and the only masters programme of its kind offered in the Republic of Ireland for graduates seeking to break the exciting and fast-paced retail industry. The full-time masters programme is twelve months in duration and is delivered by an expert academic team with strong industry connections and an established reputation for developing future retail industry leaders.
This master programme is suited to graduates who wish to pursue a career in the most dynamic business sector, deepen their understanding of retail business processes, and broaden their perspective on retail management. Students are exposed to the latest thinking and the newest developments in retail management and technology with an intense week long Retail Symposium in January and an International Retail Study Tour Week in early Summer making this programme a career-compatible and applied masters.
DIT School of Retail & Services Management has devised this Masters in Retail Management and customised it to the needs of the Retail Industry, the programme reflects the educational requirements and learning opportunities necessary to succeed in today`s competitive retail environment. Recognised as the largest specialist retail school in Europe and the only specialist retail school in Ireland, DIT Scgool of Retail & Services Management has a rich heritage and esteemed reputation in retail education, nationally and internationally.
Entry Requirements:NFQ Level 8 Business Graduates (Minimum award 2.2) or Non-Business Graduates (Minimum award 2.1),or holders of equivalent professional qualifications. Applicants with considerable and relevant retail experience will also be considered. The MBS is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in retailing, deepen their understanding of retail business processes, and broaden their perspective on retail management. All applications will be assessed on their own merit. The MBS has been host to students from diverse cultures, including the UK, Holland, France, Bulgaria, Canada, India, China and Vietnam who contribute to the richness of the educational experience.The programme is conducted in English so a strong working knowledge of English(Minimum 6.5 IELTS or equivalent) is required.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
Graduates of the this masters programme pursue careers at management level in large scale retail companies, family businesses or in organisations supplying such companies. Previous graduates have secured management positions in varying roles throughout the services sector to include category management, retail analyst, local government planners, retail buyers, logistics, digital marketing and retail management along with a number of entrepreneurs and retail business owners.
This career-compatible and applied masters’ programme actively engages the student in a critical examination of contemporary retail management issues that shape a company’s strategic policy. Students are also exposed to the latest creative thinking and innovations in retail management and technology. The one-week intense immersion in the retail symposium, and international retail study tour week allows the student to fully engage with international practitioners and academics, offering deep understanding of strategic retail issues.
The general structure of the programme is as follows:
|Semester 1 (September-December)|
|Contemporary Issues in Retail Management|
|Retail Symposium Week|
|Managerial Thinking & Decision-making|
|Option Module: Store Environment or International Retailing|
|Semester 2 (January -May)|
|Retail Strategic Management|
|Global Supply Chain Management|
|International Retailing Study Tour Week|
|Predictive Retail Analytics|
|Retail Location/ GIS & Property Management|
|Option Module: Digital Environment Management and e-business or Marketing the Retail Brand or Human Resource Management|
|Semester 3 (June-September)|
|Dissertation / Group Project|
International Study Tour Week
Students visit established international markets investigating the latest innovations and trends in retailing. They are hosted by both international partner universities and leading national and international retailers, where they engage with senior managers on key strategic issues. Recent tours have visited the UK, France, Germany and Spain.
The Retail Symposium consists of a series of lectures and seminars by experts in their field. A different theme is chosen each year, allowing students to immerse themselves fully in an issue of strategic importance to the sector. The nature of the symposium is inter-active and participative, conducive to a holistic learning experience. Recent themes include: The Multi-Channel Challenge in Retailing, Branding in Retailing, Innovation in Retailing and Entrepreneurship in Retailing
The programme is centred at DIT College of Business, Aungier Street campus, just a few minutes from the luas light rail system at St Stephens Green and Grafton Street. In addition to the modern library with access to an extensive collection of on-line journals, the campus has world-class IT facilities and excellent lecture theatres.To help communications between Faculty and part-time students, the programme has its own dedicated Intranet site, accessible from home or office, where academic staff and students have a common platform to share information, reading and discussion etc.
Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of Master of Business Studies in Retail Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology.
For Further Information
Dr. Edmund O`Callaghan
School of Retail & Services Management
College of Business
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What our Students Say..
After eight years developing my business, I felt I had exhausted my knowledge
and expertise within the retail sector. This led me to the MBS in Retail
Management. I enjoyed the programme, where I found the content to be
excellent and the lecturers very supportive. The work load was always tough
but manageable. The International tour week in May was inspiring, the calibre
of individual we got to interview and the variety of retail stores visited was
excellent. The trip gave me lots of ideas to bring back to my business. I would
wholeheartedly recommend this masters’ degree course to anyone who is
passionate for retail.
William Hanley, Owner-Manager SuperValu
Completing this MBS is an amazing upgrade to my knowledge, insights and
experience. Relevant subjects, excellent lecturers and well managed. I would
highly recommend this to anyone interested in upgrading their retail skills to the
Brian O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Next Door Trading Ltd
Having returned to study after an absence of 17 years, I have found the
experience very rewarding. The lecturers do more than teach and provide support
advice and guidance. There is also excellent academic resources available on-line
and through the library, and with small class sizes and an emphasis on collective
learning and shared experiences, strong bonds are created within the group.
I would recommend this course to all retail middle management who want to
broaden and deepen the understanding of retail and the forces that influence our
Kevin McGinley, National Key Accounts Manager/Bewleys Coffee Ltd